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  • Molon Labe, the Code of Those Born Fighting

    01/30/2013 7:48:09 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Jan 30, 2013 | Russ Vaughn
    If you are a reader of comments here at American Thinker then you have probably noticed an increasing use of the term molon labe. For those of you unfamiliar with the term and too busy (or too lazy) to look it up, I've done it for you. It is a Greek expression first attributed to King Leonidas of Sparta when the Persian invader Xerxes I, prior to the Battle of Thermopylae, demanded that the Spartans lay down their arms and submit to him. Its essential meaning was, "Up yours, pal: come do your worst." In so many words, it is...
  • Israeli jets reportedly attack convoy on Lebanon-Syria border

    01/30/2013 7:38:50 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 6 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1/30/2013 | GABE FISHER
    Israeli warplanes attacked a target on the Lebanese-Syrian border overnight Tuesday, foreign media reported on Wednesday. While some reports said the purported strike was carried out on the Syrian side of the border, according to one source the target was a weapons convoy that had crossed from Syria into Lebanon. The reports come amid rising concern in Israel and the West regarding the sizable chemical weapons stockpile in the hands of an increasingly embattled Syrian regime. Lebanese officials said a dozen Israeli warplanes violated Lebanese airspace on Tuesday and overnight into Wednesday, flying close to the ground in several sorties...
  • The Debt Deniers’ Fantasy: Prominent liberals are now insisting that we face no debt problem at all

    01/30/2013 7:37:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/30/2013 | Michael Tanner
    It’s not quite on a par with 9/11 truthers or Obama birthers, but recently a number of liberal commentators have descended into the fever swamps of denialism by rejecting the most basic facts about our debt and deficit. Mind you, they are not arguing about the best policies to reduce the debt — taxe hikes vs. spending cuts — but actually denying that the problem exists at all. Paul Krugman, for example, pronounces the debt problem “mostly solved.” Matt Yglesias of Slate asks, “What sovereign debt crisis? There certainly isn’t one in the United States.” Bruce Bartlett, every liberal economist’s...
  • Who Knew? The Leading Cause Of Gun Death Is Suicide

    01/30/2013 7:28:34 AM PST · by I still care · 35 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | Jan 22, 2013 | Rpger Kay
    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about how the gun-death data showed a very weak correlation with gun-law strictness. I used data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DoJ) to derive a gun-homicide rate. In the comments section, a reader pointed me toward more-detailed data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which captures death-certificate data from all the states. Despite interference by the National Rifle Association (NRA), the CDC has kept up the basic data, if not research into the details of who, how, and why. But what we can...
  • Rubio's Folly

    01/30/2013 7:27:56 AM PST · by AJFavish · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 30, 2013 | Allan J. Favish
    The "Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform" released on January 28, 2013 by Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), John McCain (R-AZ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Lindsay Graham (R-FL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Michael Bennet (R-UT), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) , gives legal status to illegal aliens before controlling the border.
  • Author Of Book On 2012 Election: ‘Without Media Bias, America Would Vote Like Texas Or Kentucky’

    01/30/2013 7:27:10 AM PST · by Lakeshark · 15 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 1/29/13 | Noah Rothman
    On Tuesday, David Freddoso, author of Spin Masters, How the Media Ignored the Real News and Helped Reelect Barack Obama, joined the hosts of Fox & Friends to discuss pro-Democratic media bias in 2012 and beyond. The author detailed the case against the media in this interview and in a recent column for the New York Post in which he quotes a political scientist who attributes much of the nation’s support for Democratic politicians to the pro-Democratic coverage of politics in the mainstream media. Without that biased media, the author and the political scientist say, the nation’s voting patterns would...
  • Money Matters: Boston Scientific job cuts (1,000 job cuts due to Obamacare medical device tax, etc.)

    01/30/2013 7:24:12 AM PST · by Qbert · 4 replies
    NECN.com ^ | 1/30/2013 | NECN/AP
    (NECN/AP) - Here's a rundown of the morning's developing business stories, which may impact stock performance: - Boston Scientific cutting 1,000 jobs Boston Scientific is cutting up to 1,000 more jobs as it deals with a new medical device tax from the U.S. health care overhaul, limited growth prospects in certain markets and pressure to cut prices on its products in other countries.
  • Assad: ‘I will win, even if Damascus is destroyed’

    01/30/2013 7:24:06 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 12 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1/23/2013 | ELHANAN MILLER
    The Israeli elections, President Obama’s inauguration speech and the violence in Syria all feature prominently in Arab news Tuesday. >>SNIP<< Quoting French sources, A-Sharq Al-Awsat quotes an exchange between Syrian President Bashar Assad and the international envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi. According to the daily, Brahimi told Assad that he could not remain in power and that the opposition could defeat him, but the cost may be the complete destruction of Damascus. To that, Assad reportedly answered “I will win the war, even if Damascus is destroyed.”
  • IS .22 AMMO THE NEW GOLD STANDARD?

    01/30/2013 7:16:50 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 30 replies
    http://angrywhitedude.com/ ^ | January 29, 2013 | AWD
    If youÂ’re like AWD, youÂ’ve been perusing stores looking for ammo. ItÂ’s very difficult to find these days. And, if you can find it, it has astronomical prices. It seems Americans are buying up anything and everything gun related fearing Obama and his big-government statist friendÂ’s aims to destroy the Second Amendment. Ammo isnÂ’t the only thing flying off the shelves. Go to a Cabelas or any other gun store and youÂ’re likely to see empty shelves and crowded counters. Obama is the greatest gun salesman in the history of the world. There is nothing to be found! In Texas,...
  • 10:00 AM ET – WATCH LIVE Senate Judiciary hearing on gun violence

    01/30/2013 7:10:25 AM PST · by blueyon · 125 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 1/30/2013 | The Right Scoop
    According to CNN, Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly and the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre will testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on America’s gun violence crisis. You can watch it below. It begins at 10:00 AM ET.
  • January homicide count worst since 2002

    01/30/2013 7:00:50 AM PST · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 30 jan 2013 | Jeremy Gorner and Jennifer Delgado
    When Kimberly Common visited her mother in the hospital Monday, the two spoke of how much they missed Common's son, Antonio, who was slain 15 months ago at the age of 23. By Tuesday afternoon, the family's tragedy deepened as Common's older son, Devin, 27, was fatally shot near their home in the Park Manor neighborhood a little past noon. As she stood on a sidewalk by her son's sheet-covered body, Common recalled his last words to her: "I'll be back. I'm going to the store." "That's the same thing" Antonio said before he was killed in October 2011, the...
  • There Certainly Is a Difference Between Pink Unicorns and Spending Cuts

    01/30/2013 6:56:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    RCM ^ | 01/30/2013 | Michael Strain
    House Republicans were wise to suspend the debt ceiling until the middle of May, effectively resequencing the series of upcoming fights over the federal budget. They are now poised to make their stand in March, using pressure points provided by the sequester - the across-the-board cuts to defense and non-defense discretionary spending - and the expiration of the stopgap measure currently used to fund the government. Both fights are much preferable to a battle over the debt ceiling - the House Republicans would have erred in using the threat of government default as leverage to enact spending cuts. But the...
  • The State Tax Reformers (More Governors look to repeal their income taxes)

    01/30/2013 6:53:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Washington may be a tax reform wasteland, but out in the states the action is hot and heavy. Nine states—including such fast-growing places as Florida, Tennessee and Texas—currently have no income tax, and the race is on to see which will be the tenth, and perhaps the 11th and 12th. Oklahoma and Kansas have lowered their income-tax rates in the last two years with an aim toward eliminating the tax altogether. North Carolina's newly elected Republican Governor Pat McCrory has prioritized tax reform this year and wants to reduce the income tax. Ditto for another newcomer, Mike Pence of Indiana,...
  • Atlas 5/TDRS-K Launch TODAY 8:48PM EST (5:48

    01/30/2013 6:47:02 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 5 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 30JAN2013 | Unknown
    Rocket: Atlas 5 Variant: AV-401 Payload: TDRS K Date: Jan. 30, 2013 Window: 8:48-9:28 p.m. EST/5:48-6:28 p.m. PST (0148-0328 GMT) Site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral, Florida Feed: NASA Television On the pad! Completing the first third-of-a-mile on the trek to orbit, the Atlas 5 rocket has arrived at the Complex 41 pad for Wednesday evening's ascent to deploy a NASA communications spacecraft. The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite K (TDRS K) is bound for geosynchronous orbit to replenish the existing space network to transmit information between low-Earth-orbit craft and mission controllers. Users depending on the system include the space station, Hubble...
  • Reagan's home could become a parking lot for Obama's library

    01/30/2013 6:40:42 AM PST · by SueRae · 74 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/30/2013 | William Kelly
    CHICAGO, Illinois, January 25, 2013 - A new Cold War is brewing here in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood and it has nothing to do with the frigid temperature. The apartment building at 832 E. 57th Street was once the Chicago home of a boy who would become a President. No, it’s not Barack Obama of Hawaii. It was at the apartment’s first floor window that a young Ronald Reagan looked out upon the world. But some powerful Chicagoans are planning to demolish Reagan’s historic home. Is it politically motivated? Is Mayor Rahm Emanuel behind the move? Reagan as a child....
  • Newtown voices to be heard

    01/30/2013 6:38:40 AM PST · by DTogo · 10 replies
    Ctpost.com ^ | Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | Dirk Perrefort
    NEWTOWN -- Local residents still reeling from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings can voice their opinions Wednesday to state lawmakers looking to prevent similar tragedies. Hundreds are expected to attend the 6 p.m. public hearing at Newtown High School held by the Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence and Children's Safety. ...Registration for the hearing is scheduled to begin at Newtown High School at 4:30 p.m. Organizers said Tuesday that anyone who comes early will be turned away, as the school building and parking lot are needed for regular school activities.The hearing will be held from 6 p.m. to...
  • Strict Gun Laws in Chicago Can’t Stem Fatal Shots

    01/30/2013 6:27:17 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 29, 2013 | MONICA DAVEY
    CHICAGO — Not a single gun shop can be found in this city because they are outlawed. Handguns were banned in Chicago for decades, too, until 2010, when the United States Supreme Court ruled that was going too far, leading city leaders to settle for restrictions some describe as the closest they could get legally to a ban without a ban. Despite a continuing legal fight, Illinois remains the only state in the nation with no provision to let private citizens carry guns in public. And yet Chicago, a city with no civilian gun ranges and bans on both assault...
  • Israel strikes at Syria-Lebanon border, sources say

    01/30/2013 6:20:02 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/30/2013 | REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
    A western diplomat and three regional security sources said Wednesday that Israel Air Force warplanes struck a target on the Syrian-Lebanese border overnight, hours after Lebanon reported a series of three overflights by Israel in its airspace. Israel has expressed increasing concern over the fate of Syrian chemical and conventional weapons as the country slides further into chaos after almost two years of civil war.
  • 15-Year-Old Girl Shot And Killed In Kenwood Neighborhood Park

    01/30/2013 6:14:22 AM PST · by Biggirl · 24 replies
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/ ^ | January 30,2013 | CBS Chicago
    CHICAGO (CBS) – A teenage girl–an honor student who had just performed at President Obama’s inaugural–was gunned down Tuesday afternoon in the Kenwood neighborhood, just blocks from the high school she attended.
  • The Doctor's Office as Union Shop

    01/30/2013 6:00:18 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 29, 2013 | DAVID J. LEFFELL
    As the country moves toward the effective start date of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, the operational and economic elements of this vast legislation are becoming clearer. Yet one likely outcome of the act that will directly affect the quality of patient care, and could affect its cost, has gone virtually unnoticed and unreported: the increasing trend for physicians to become employees, rather than self-employed. This development represents a potentially radical factor in the transformation of health care—the doctor as union worker. Physicians have historically practiced either in small groups or alone. Unlike hospitals, which operate under the rubric...
  • Morning Joe: 'Ignore' Rubio's Remarks To Rush—Just Taking Care of Base, Saving Face

    01/30/2013 5:57:40 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 73 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Marco Rubio's tough talk to Rush Limbaugh yesterday about no immigration deal being done unless certain language on border security, etc. is included? Ignore it. Just Rubio taking care of his conservative base—and saving face. In the end, Rubio will likely give Obama his vote on immigration reform. It's all about finding an out for Republicans when it comes to winning back a decent share of the Latino vote. And conservatives will be willing to take the deal. Such was the collective wisdom of Morning Joe today, as enunciated by Jon Meacham and seconded by Joe Scarborough. View the video...
  • The run on guns and ammunition

    01/30/2013 5:46:49 AM PST · by thackney · 71 replies
    KHOU 11 News ^ | January 29, 2013 | Jeremy Desel
    ... "This is usually full of .22 up here. .45 and .40... "We used to sell 30,000 rounds a month of ammo and we’ve done that in a week, and sometimes even a day in ammo," James said. What little they do have is generally high end and there is a limit on all purchases: a three-box max or 150 rounds at a time. That’s for all types and all sizes. It’s not just one store. Ron Casady has been shopping for weeks. "I noticed online and everything is out of stock. Click add to cart. Sorry we are out...
  • Exclusive: American hero blasts sending F16s to Egypt (video Hannity-Scott O'Grady)

    01/30/2013 5:39:46 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 9 replies
    video.foxnews.com ^ | 1/29/2013 | Hannity
    Former Air Force pilot Scott O'Grady warns of Muslim Brotherhood
  • Obama Uses Failing High School as Backdrop for Immigration Speech (Very Appropriate, eh?)

    01/30/2013 5:21:12 AM PST · by bestintxas · 7 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/30/13 | b shapiro
    President Obama, looking for a high school with a majority Hispanic population to use as a backdrop for his demagogic speech on immigration reform, settled on Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Unfortunately, the same children to whom Obama spoke of opportunity are deprived of it at Del Sol, which dramatically underachieves academically. According to Del Sol’s 2010-2011 School Accountability Summary Report, 54% of Hispanic students attending Del Sol were “non-proficient” in math. The school lags behind both the statewide standards and the standards of the school district on reading, writing, and mathematics; just 27% of the school...
  • Iraqi Ally of Israel on Hagel, “This is Not a Minister of Defense, But a Minister of Chaos”

    01/30/2013 5:16:24 AM PST · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | January 27, 2013 | Heather Robinson
    On Friday I spoke with former Iraqi Parliamentarian Mithal al Alusi, who has championed counter-terrorism cooperation and normalized relations between Iraq and Israel. This Arab ally of Israel is dismayed by what he sees as President Obama’s abandonment of the liberals and moderates of the Mideast. In particular, Alusi thinks Obama is signaling weakness in support of genuine liberals and moderates, and appeasement of extremists such as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as well as Islamist extremists in his own country, Iraq. Furthermore, he views the President’s nomination of Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) to the position of Secretary of Defense...
  • New York Congresswoman Leads Opposition to Release of Terrorist Who Killed Israeli Diplomat

    01/30/2013 5:14:09 AM PST · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 1-30-13 | Zach Pontz
    U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) announced Sunday that she has spearheaded a bipartisan letter calling on the French government to cancel plans to release a convicted terrorist who was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of an American and an Israeli diplomat. The letter, which was sent to France’s Ambassador to the United States, urges French officials to stop the release of George Ibrahim Abdallah, the former head of the Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Brigade who was convicted in 1987 of killing an Israeli diplomat and a U.S. military attaché. The U.S. State Department has also expressed its opposition...
  • John Kerry, President Obama’s Ideological Twin

    01/30/2013 4:57:29 AM PST · by IbJensen · 15 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 1/29/2012 | Amy Payne and Luke Coffey
    Senator John Kerry (D-MA) is likely to be confirmed today as the next Secretary of State after sailing through a Senate hearing last week. What does this mean for America and its foreign policy? As Heritage’s Helle Dale wrote after last week’s hearing: The bad news for the United States is that Kerry is President Obama’s ideological twin and can be expected to enthusiastically embrace the Obama doctrine and continue the Administration’s pursuit of arms control, international treaties, and climate-change agreements. This is a classic liberal agenda, which will only lead to a further erosion of American global leadership. Though...
  • Obama Claims Adding 11 Million Low-Skilled Workers Will Strengthen the Middle Class

    01/30/2013 4:10:03 AM PST · by lowbridge · 51 replies
    http://frontpagemag.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    They’re not contributing members. They take away jobs from Americans, leech off the social benefits system and commit a number of crimes besides the whole “illegal entry” deal. Jails tend to be full of illegal aliens for a reason. "Every day, like the rest of us, they go out and try to earn a living. Often they do that in a shadow economy — a place where employers may offer them less than the minimum wage or make them work overtime without extra pay. And when that happens, it’s not just bad for them, it’s bad for the entire economy....
  • Boeing Battery Was a Concern Before Failure (787)

    01/30/2013 4:00:23 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 29, 2013 | CHRISTOPHER DREW, HIROKO TABUCHI and JAD MOUAWAD
    Boeing Battery Was a Concern Before FailureEven before two battery failures led to the grounding of all Boeing 787 jets this month, the lithium-ion batteries used on the aircraft had experienced multiple problems that raised questions about their reliability. Officials at All Nippon Airways, the jets’ biggest operator, said in an interview on Tuesday that it replaced 10 of the batteries in the months before fire in one plane and smoke in another led regulators around the world to ground the jets. The airline said it told Boeing of the replacements as they occurred but was not required to report...
  • Landrieu takes up Obama’s anti-Fox chant [Louisiana PLEASE Fire Her]

    01/30/2013 3:27:57 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/29/13 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    On the heels of President Obama’s finger-pointing at Fox News, and Rush Limbaugh, for supposedly holding up legislative progress on the national debt, now comes Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu. In a Senate floor address on Tuesday, the Louisiana senator lambasted the network for fabrications regarding entitlement spending, Fox News reported. “I am not going to keep cutting the discretionary budget, which by the way is not out of control, despite what you hear on Fox News,” she reportedly said. Her comments echo criticisms of Fox News from President Obama, published just this past week.
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - January 30, 2013

    01/30/2013 3:01:52 AM PST · by sneakers · 13 replies
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • ‘Gomer Pyle, USMC’ star Jim Nabors marries male partner in Seattle

    01/30/2013 2:47:59 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 86 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 1/30/13
    “Gomer Pyle, USMC” star Jim Nabors married his longtime male partner at Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel earlier this month, according to Hawaii News Now. Nabors, a Hawaii resident, had never publicly come out. But his relationship with Stan Cadwallader wasn’t a secret before they decided to take advantage of Washington’s new same-sex marriage law, he told the news station. “I’m 82, and he’s in his 60s, and so we’ve been together for 38 years, and I’m not ashamed of people knowing, it’s just that it was such a personal thing, I didn’t tell anybody,” Nabors he told the station.
  • Scott gets all of Florida’s four-year colleges to embrace $10K challenge [Liberals IGNORE Success]

    01/30/2013 2:29:31 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    After catching heat from even a member of the state’s Board of Education, Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday that all 23 of Florida’s colleges that offer bachelor’s degrees have embraced his call for making available a $10,000 degree program. Scott has been pushing to make higher education more affordable, ridiculing Florida’s universities for moving forward with tuition increases. The state college system, however, has ben more willing to follow Scott’s lead — and the governor Monday went to Miami Dade College’s north campus to announce a clean sweep of the four-year degree schools. “Our goal should be that students do...
  • The ONLY Question About Immigration Reform That Matters...

    01/30/2013 2:21:25 AM PST · by suspects · 12 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 30, 2013 | Michael Graham
    There is one question, and only one question, that you should ask President Obama or U.S. Sen. John McCain about their amnesty — sorry, their “pathway to citizenship” — immigration reform proposals: If every illegal immigrant were granted instant citizenship this Monday, what would happen to the illegal immigrant who slips across the border on Tuesday? We all know the answer already: Nothing. Everything you’re hearing in both Obama and Senate proposals about “heightened border security” and “unmanned drones” is three-card-Monte stuff. Obama, who helped kill an immigration reform deal in 2007 authored by U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, isn’t interested...
  • The First Hillary Clinton Super PAC Is Here [2016 Campaign Has Begun]

    01/30/2013 2:03:50 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 1/28/13 | Connor Simpson
    If you (and President Obama) thought everyone was getting a little too excited about a potential Hillary Clinton 2016 run, these longtime Clinton supporters are getting a head start by launching their Super PAC now. Why wait, right? It's all legal, and for all four years this time around. The Week's Marc Ambinder reports that Allidia Black and Judy Beck are the two chiefly responsible for "Ready for Hillary," the new Super PAC that will officially launch next Monday. While it doesn't have any official affiliation to Clintion, the group will serve as common ground for supporters donors who are...
  • Immigration and Extortion

    01/30/2013 1:12:34 AM PST · by rmlew · 6 replies
    National Review: The Corner ^ | January 28,2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    If sovereignty is to mean anything, then a country is entitled to decide whom it wants to join its ranks and whom it wishes to exclude from them.If, on balance, an exhaustive amnesty for those who have deliberately ignored the law is determined to be a fair prospect for America, then there is a case for doing it; if changing the law to allow certain people to become part of the American polity is regarded by Americans as being advantageous to them, then there is a case for doing it; if allowing nobody in or everybody in is good for...
  • A Time to Fight

    01/30/2013 12:56:17 AM PST · by rmlew · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | January 29, 2013 | John O’Sullivan
    Conservatives should oppose the Senate immigration proposal, and can gain much from doing so. Well, here it finally is: the long-threatened “bipartisan” comprehensive immigration reform proposal, and as the old joke has it, when the Stupid Party and the Evil Party get together, they come up with something that is both stupid and evil. The principles underlying the proposal (the actual bill will ascend from the depths next month) have been conveniently laid out by the senatorial “Gang of Eight.” If after reading them you feel an irresistible urge to send your bank-account number and a power of attorney...
  • Execution of woman in Texas postponed, lawyers to argue jury discrimination [Kimberly McCarthy]

    01/29/2013 11:42:57 PM PST · by Jeff Winston · 11 replies
    Yahoo / Reuters ^ | January 29, 2013 | Corrie McLaggan
    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The execution of Kimberly McCarthy was postponed by a Texas judge on Tuesday, the day she was to die, to give her lawyers time to argue that racial discrimination played a role in choosing the jury that convicted her. It was rescheduled for April 3 and, if carried out, McCarthy will be the first woman to be put to death in the United States in nearly three years.
  • Europe: The world’s new superpower

    01/29/2013 11:22:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    National Post ^ | Jan 29, 2013 10:10 AM ET | Anne Applebaum
    “A decade of war is now ending,” U.S. President Barack Obama declared Monday. Maybe that’s true in America, but it isn’t true anywhere else. Extremists are still plotting acts of terror. Authoritarian and autocratic regimes are still using violence to preserve their power. The United States can step back from international conflicts, but that won’t make them disappear. Fortunately, there is another power that shares America’s economic and political values, that possesses sophisticated military technology and is also very interested in stopping the progress of fanatical movements, especially in North Africa and the Middle East. That power is Europe. …...
  • Clinton supporters form super PAC in case she runs

    01/29/2013 11:07:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 29, 2013 5:41 PM EST
    Some grass-roots supporters of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have formed a super PAC to help a potential Clinton presidential campaign in 2016—even though Clinton says she hasn’t decided her plans. A super PAC called “Ready for Hillary” was registered with the Federal Election Commission on Friday and the group plans to launch its website in the coming weeks. …
  • Minesweeper to be cut up for removal from Philippine reef

    01/29/2013 10:06:54 PM PST · by GATOR NAVY · 32 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 29 Jan 13 | Matthew M. Burke
    SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Navy minesweeper that got stuck on a reef off the coast of the Philippines will have to be dismantled and removed in sections, a process that is expected to take over a month, Navy officials said Wednesday. The salvage plan is still under review by the Philippine Coast Guard, but it likely means the end for the 23-year-old USS Guardian. “Our naval architecture and salvage experts have reviewed all possible alternatives, and our only supportable option is to dismantle the damaged ship and remove it in sections,” Pacific Fleet spokesman Lt. Anthony Falvo wrote...
  • Watchdog says taxpayers may lose $27B in bailout

    01/29/2013 9:38:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2013 12:03 AM EST | Marcy Gordon
    A government watchdog says U.S. taxpayers stand to lose $27 billion from the 2008 financial bailout, up from an estimate of $22 billion made in the fall. A report issued Wednesday by the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program says the estimate is higher because of increased losses for the Treasury Department on sales of shares in bailed-out companies. Ally Financial, the former financial arm for General Motors, still owes $14.6 billion of the $17.2 billion in aid it received. The report says taxpayers can expect to lose $5.5 billion on that investment because of the company's...
  • Breaking: NM Gun Control Measure Stalls on 8-8 Vote

    01/29/2013 9:32:10 PM PST · by forty_years · 3 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | Monday Janueary 28, 2013 POSTED: 7:46 pm | Milan Simonich
    [Thanks to all Freepers who helped out.]After nearly five hours of heated testimony and debate, a measure that would have required mandatory background checks for firearm purchases from gun shows or private vendors failed to advance in the New Mexico’s House of Representatives. ...One Democratic legislator, Rep. Eliseo Alcon, D-Milan, joined with the committee’s Republican members in voting against the legislation. The other Democratic committee members voted in favor it. ...Note that: ... About 180 people attended the hearing, a turnout so large that debate on the bill was moved to the floor of the House of Representatives, the most...
  • FBI agents Raid S. Fla. Office of Eye Doc Tied to Gift, Prostitution Controversy w/ Sen. Menendez

    01/29/2013 9:21:24 PM PST · by kristinn · 8 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | Tuesday, January 29, 2013 | Marc A. Caputo
    FBI agents raid South Florida office of eye doc tied to gift, prostitution controversy with Sen. Bob Menendez Source link. FBI agents raided the West Palm Beach business of an eye doctor accused in the conservative press of providing free trips and even Dominican Republic prostitutes to New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez — who has denied what he calls the “fallacious allegations.” Agents gathered at the medical-office complex of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a contributor to Menendez and other prominent politicians, late Tuesday night to start hauling away potential evidence in about a dozen white vans. The exact focus of the...
  • Loyola Students: Professor Required Us to Attend Van Jones Lecture

    01/29/2013 9:14:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government ^ | 1/29/13 | Rebel Pundit
    An event this past Wednesday at Loyola University Chicago featuring former Obama administration official Van Jones strayed far from the marketed title of “2013 MLK Celebration,” instead encouraging students to embrace a “new patriotism” and the “ugly-unequal founding” of America. Several students reported that they were compelled by their “environmental sustainability” professor to attend the radical lecture—students who up until that evening told me they had no prior familiarity with Van Jones. One student interviewed said approximately thirty students attended this class.
  • Hagel in 2003: Israel Keeps 'Palestinians Caged Up Like Animals'

    01/29/2013 9:07:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/29/13 | Staff
    Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel protested what he called the “completely distorted” record on Israel that his critics are promoting in an interview earlier this month with his hometown newspaper. The former Nebraska senator said an accurate assessment would show “unequivocal, total support for Israel.” Yet a decade earlier, the same newspaper–the Lincoln Journal Star–quoted Hagel making a startling accusation against Israel in a Jan. 12, 2003 article. Israel, Hagel declared, was “keep[ing] Palestinians caged up like animals.” Hagel does not elaborate on the claim or explain how Israel keeps Palestinians caged up like animals
  • Obama Job Approval Rating Lower than Nixon´s

    01/29/2013 9:02:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government ^ | 1/29/13 | AWR Hawkins
    According to Gallup, President Obama is tied with George W. Bush for most unpopular re-elected president since Gallup began measuring presidential job-approval in 1945. In fact, Gallup found that apart from Bush, "every president...has had a higher job-approval rating in the January following his reelection than Obama has." Obama´s approval rating is at 52. Think about it this way--following reelection, President Reagan´s approval numbers beat Obama´s by 11 points, President Eisenhower´s beat Obama´s by 21, and a much-derided Republican President named Richard Nixon
  • Julia Gillard announces (Australian) federal election date

    01/29/2013 8:55:56 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 30th January 2012 | Malcolm Farr and Simon Benson
    VOTERS will go to the polls on September 14 in what will mark the longest election campaign in the nation's history. In a speech at the National Press Club Prime Minister Gillard confirmed the election date. The Prime Minister said her early announcement would allow business and consumers to "plan their year". But it was also a challenge to the Opposition to deliver policy detail sooner than it might want. "The benefit of fixing the date now is not just the end of speculation about election timing. It gives shape and order to year," she said.
  • Commander: Special ops to lose $1 billion

    01/29/2013 8:52:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/29/13 | Kristina Wong
    The commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said Tuesday that his unit’s budget would lose $1 billion this year as a result of the defense budget stalemate in Washington. During an annual National Defense Industrial Association conference for special operators, Navy Adm. William McRaven noted that the Defense Department is operating on a continuing resolution, which limits spending to 2012 levels, even as automatic, across-the-board spending cuts called sequestration are set to begin March 1. “The continuing resolution … in all honesty puts a greater constraint on us than sequester
  • ATF's Milwaukee sting operation marred by mistakes, failures

    01/29/2013 8:47:28 PM PST · by Daus · 15 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 1/29/2013 | John Diedrich
    A store calling itself Fearless Distributing opened early last year on an out-of-the-way street in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood, offering designer clothes, athletic shoes, jewelry and drug paraphernalia. Those working behind the counter, however, weren't interested in selling anything. They were undercover agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives running a storefront sting aimed at busting criminal operations in the city by purchasing drugs and guns from felons. But the effort to date has not snared any major dealers or taken down a gang. Instead, it resulted in a string of mistakes and failures, including an ATF...